субота, 24 вересня 2016 р.

#45daysofblogging 32: becoming Italian?

Once upon a time I was thinking that I was born Ukrainian and will always stay Ukrainian. Which would've made sense, if I stayed in Ukraine and didn't decide to live abroad. Which, as you know, I did, and it really changed me in so many senses.

My first living abroad experience was, as you know, it Thailand. Did I become Thai in six months? Of course not. But after that I wasn't 100% Ukrainian anymore, because I really loved the culture and left a piece of my heart there. It may sound ridiculous to someone, but I really felt how much I've changed because of this experience. 

Then I came to Italy. It was 2,5 years ago, during which I've done many cool things, learned a new language, got a lot of new friends, finished my volunteering, went home, came back to Palermo and started a completely different part of my life. 

What actually made me reflect on the ways Italy changed me was a simple Facebook memory. I came to Italy on April 6th 2014. And this year Facebook showed me a photo that one of my fellow volunteers took during one of our first week in Palermo. I shared it and one of my Ukrainian friends (that also lives here, in Palermo) wrote a comment: "Awwww, you still look so Ukrainian on that photo". 

I looked and it and suddenly saw what she saw. I really do look "still Ukrainian" on that photo. And I cannot even explain why - I still have the same clothes pieces and I still wear them. So it's not the question of clothes. It's something different. 

So did my two years in Italy made me Italian?

Of course not. I will always be a foreigner here (and mind you - an Eastern European foreigner). But I see so much Italian in me now that I'm sure I'm not fully Ukrainian anymore. I love my country with all my heart, but I live in Italy now and for the foreseeable future, and I know I get a lot more local.

It goes way beyond making coffee in a caffetiera every morning or buying Kiko make-up. And it's inevitable. I'm okay with this, even thought on some level it scares me. When I got home after my EVS I already felt a bit like a foreigner in my own country. And I know this feeling will only become stronger. So feeling foreigner in two countries you love is quite unsettling. But also kind of liberating, if you think of it. 

Let's wait and see, I guess. Life is a very funny thing if it brought me where I am today.

See you!



#45daysofblogging 31: Venice and revelations

As I've mentioned before, this year I'm quite lucky with projects and travels (knock on wood!) and I really hope it to stay this way for many-many years to come. 

One of the projects I've participated in was a training course on digital storytelling for professionals that work with vulnerable groups. As I'm one of those people and I also love and do photography since I was very little, I felt like it was a perfect match for me. Also it was hold in Ljubljana, and I've never been to Slovenia (and Balkans in general) before. So yeah, of course I took the opportunity, that came with a side bonus - visiting Venice for a day. 

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пʼятниця, 23 вересня 2016 р.

#45daysofblogging 29: youtube recs - Elle Florence

Don't worry, I don't plan to do many posts like this - mostly because there are not that many channels I like enough to recommend them.

But today I want to recommend you to check out Elle Florence's videos, just because I've grown to like them so much.

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#45daysofblogging 30: Madame Butterfly

Day 30th - September 16!

Going to opera is great, but going to see someone you know in the opera you like is... Well, it's better than great!

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As I mentioned in my post about going up the Cattedrale, Teatro Massimo is one of the biggest attractions of Palermo. Not just because it's the biggest opera theater in Italy and the third biggest in Europe, but also because the last scenes of one of Godfather movies was shot here. 

четвер, 22 вересня 2016 р.

#45daysofblogging 28: up and about

On a lovely day in the middle of July, right before going to Slovenia, I had a day of an absolute bliss - it got colder in Palermo. 

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If you haven't lived through a very hot humid summer, you cannot even imagine, how much of a difference 7 degrees can make. Finally I was able to breath, to think, to sleep through the night, to write and do something creative by once.

вівторок, 13 вересня 2016 р.

#45daysofblogging 27: 20 tips for bad days

You know, there are good days, there are bad days, and there are also the days, when you just want to disappear from the face of Earth. Here are some of the tips that help me to live through this days without losing my mind or crying my eyes out.

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#45daysofblogging 26: Last day in Turin - shadows on via Garibaldi

The last day in Turin was lazy, warm and very good. Perfect for lazy walks around the city, picking up some last minute necessities, visiting Tiger for the last time (oh, I cannot even explain how much I love it!) and cooking a lovely lunch at our friends home. 

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#45daysofblogging 25: Happy birthday, mom!

25th day was on September 11, which is my mom's birthday.

I was planning to send this day with her, but due to bad planning and many other factors I didn't manage to buy tickets to Kyiv on time. It makes me very sad, but I can't do anything about at this point.

I can only post silly selfies and wish her all-all-all the best. I have the best mom in the world! She always supports me in everything, whether its moving to Thailand, going to volunteer in Italy or starting a PhD research on domestic violence. She's the strongest, most optimistic person I know and she is my rock!

Love you, mommy! Hugs, kisses, and I'm sorry again for not being able to come home for your birthday! <3 <3 <3  

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#45daysofblogging 24: Turin - days 1 and 2

In May we went to Turin - the city I fell for hard and fast.

Everybody was telling me that it's beautiful, but I never expected it to also be so comfortable, friendly and artsy (in the best sense of the word). I only do to spend three days there, but I want to come back there again and again, just because I felt so good and comfortable there. Let's put it like this - Turin became the leader of my goal cities for now (while Milan and Rome didn't enter into the competition at all).

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понеділок, 12 вересня 2016 р.

#45daysofblogging 23: youtube recs - LightbyCoco

And we arrived to the blogging day 23, which marks the middle of the whole #45daysofblogging extravaganza. 

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As the second youtube rec in the series I’d love to recommend the channel called LightbyCoco. And the reason I like it so much is because it really lived up to its name. It is really about living light and simple. I really admire Coco’s style, aesthetics and her approach to life. I love that she loves to travel (and does it light) and having an active life style. I really love her packing guides and all the philosophy behind it.